"Two Solitudes" is excerpted from Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995, available as a print or ebook.
Published in autumn 2001, Have Not Been the Same became the first book to comprehensively document the rise of Canadian underground rock between the years 1985 and 1995. It was a tumultuous decade that saw the arrival of Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, SarahMcLachlan, Sloan, Barenaked Ladies, Daniel Lanois, and many others who made an indelible mark not only on Canadian culture, but on the global stage as well. Have Not Been the Same tells all of their stories in rich detail through extensive first–person interviews, while at the same time capturing the spirit of Canada’s homegrown music industry on the cusp of the digital age.
Ten years on, the 780–page book is still regarded by critics and musicians as the definitive history of the era. To mark this milestone, the authors have updated many key areas of the book through new interviews, further illuminating the ongoing influence of this generation of artists. And with its treasure trove of rare photos intact, this revised edition of Have Not Been the Same is sure to maintain the book’s status as one of the seminal works in the field of Canadian music writing, and a must–read for any Canadian music fan.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Rock devotees will revel in the first-person interviews and illuminating details that colour this rich account of The Tragically Hip. From their humble start performing in small clubs during the early ’80s to their triumphant 1995 headlining turn in Maple Leaf Gardens, this concise book charts the Kingston, Ontario fivesome’s remarkable journey (including an ill-fated double bill with Nirvana). Part of a series excerpted from Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995, Two Solitudes follows “Canada’s band” as they simultaneously navigate the murkier waters of the American market and cope with rising fame at home.